Statement by the Tigray-Eritrean Solidarity Forum
Manmade famine about to wipe out the people of Tigray: The need for immediate action
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eritigrayf@gmail.com
07 October 2021
Over eleven months since the Ethiopian Government declared the genocidal war on Tigray, the combined Ethiopian, Eritrean and Amhara Forces have engineered a man-made famine with dire consequences. At the moment, more than 900,000 Tigrayans are in a state of active famine with immediate risk of death by starvation.
The regional government of Tigray and many humanitarian organizations estimate that close to 5.3 million people – more than 90% of Tigray’s population – are currently in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. This dire situation is being exacerbated by the action of the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has decided long time ago to weaponize starvation to achieve his political objectives. The current situation is a direct result of the systematic destruction of Tigray’s economy, specifically the agricultural system. The forces allied against the people of Tigray have deliberately destroyed crops at the peak of harvest, burned livestock feed
, and raised homes to the ground. As if this was not enough, they looted the meager amounts of sustenance that civilians had.
This was further aggravated by soldiers preventing farmers to prepare the land for planting. There is no doubt that the measures taken by the Ethiopian and Eritrean army was aimed at starving the farmers and by extension those in arms whose task was to protect the helpless peasant from being killed, maimed, and raped. The Federal government and its accomplices have put Tigray under a siege by imposing complete blockade hindering free flow of vital food and medicine from entering the region. They continued disregarding the call of humanitarian agencies to allow them to perform their task of saving the people through systematic obstruction that by halting both ground and air transport operations, by cutting vital services such as electricity, banking, internet, and phone lines. This indiscriminate blockade includes shutting off all public services up to preventing access to critical health services and life-saving medical aid. Today, less than 7% of the needed aid has reached Tigray and aid agencies have run out of supplies.
The USAID administrator Samantha Power attributed these shortages to measures of obstruction chorused by the Ethiopian Government. In addition, the UNOCHA reported that “while 100 trucks a day of food and other assistance are needed every day, the UN and humanitarian partners have not been able to bring any trucks into Tigray in a long time. In this regard famine is looming over the people of Tigray. If unhindered humanitarian access is not allowed in Tigray now, then one asks for when? Already the sporadic death due to famine is reported by the health offices in Tigray. Consistent with their declared intention of wiping out Tigrayans “for 100 years”, Ethiopian authorities have now generated a famine that is killing hundreds, if not thousands of people daily, and unabated the number will grow exponentially.
Today millions of Tigrayans are under stressful conditions of an entirely man-made famine.
Alarms raised by OCHA and other humanitarian agencies about the dire situation have fallen on deaf ears, with Ethiopian authorities still pursuing their design of starving the people. To achieve the goal of ‘surrender or face death by starvation’ the blockade is tighter now more than ever
As the war on Tigray and complete siege and blockade continues, the Tigrayan people are being collectively punished through the inhumane weaponization of famine.
- emphatically condemn these inhumane actions that are tantamount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of genocide.
- urge and implore the international community to put all pressure on the Ethiopian government to allow direct flights and air-bridging while pushing for full and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance.
Failure to act will lead to the most catastrophic humanitarian crisis in modern history.
“ urge and implore the international community to put all pressure on the Ethiopian government to allow direct flights and air-bridging while pushing for full and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance.”
Tigray-Eritrean Solidarity Forum
ህዝቢ ትግራይ ፣ ግዳይ ናይቶም ኩሎም ፣ ዉግእ ብወታሃደራዊ ዓወቶም ክዛዘም ድልየት ዘለዎም ሓይልታት እዩ።
ኣብዚ ዉግእ’ዚ ፣ ወሳኒን ናይ መጨረሻ ወታሃደራዊ ዓወት ክህሉ ምጽባይ ፣ ኣብ ጉጉይ ሕሳባት ዝቆመ ስትራተጂ ኮይኑ ይስማዓኒ።
ንጹር ዝኾነ ሳዓርን ዝተሳዕረን ክህሉ ዝኽእለሉ ኩነታት ወይ ዕድል ዳርጋ የለን። ብናይ ኩሎም ክሳራን ዕንወትን እዩ ክድምደም።
ስለዚ ፣ ኣብ ኩሉ ግንባራት ፣ ከም ቆጽሊ ዝረግፍ ዘሎ ህወት መንእሰያት ጠጠዉ ዝብለሉ መገዲ ምፍታሽ ፣ ቀዳምነት ኩሉ ፈታዉ ሰላም ክኾዉን ይግባእ።
ህወሓት ፣ ኣብ ክልላት ዓፋርን ኣምሓራን ከይዱ ዘካይዶ ዘሎ ዉግእ (ካብ ክልሎም ወጻኢ) ፣ ከም’ዉን ስርዓት ህግደፍ ኣብ ጎንኒ ኣምሓራ ተሰሊፉ ዘካይዶ ዘሎ ዉግእ ፣ ብዘይካ ህልቂት ካልእ ዕላማ የቡሉን።
ናዓና ኤርትራውያን ፣ ኣብ ዘይምልከቶም ዉግእ ፣ መንእሰያትና ዘህልቅ ዘሎ ኣረመናዊ ጉጂለ ምቁዋም ፣ እቲ እንኮ ቀዳምነትና ክኾዉን ይግባእ።
ኢቲ ኩሉ ኻልእ ዋናታቱ ኣሎዎ።
ንኹላህና ሰላም ይሃበና።
Indeed, let’s give peace a chance.. it is a word which sucks the air out the enemy’s survival space.. it resonates louder than an artillery piece for those who don’t cover their ears .. W.H. keep firing your rounds, it’s effects are being felt tens and thousands miles away..
Genuine peace is the corner stone of everything we do.. those who are against it, they don’t have good intention for humankind.
“Genuine peace is the corner stone of everything we do.. those who are against it, they don’t have good intention for humankind.”
ሳላም ሕልሚ ኩሉ ፣ ሃገሩ ዝፈቱን ብህዝቡ ዝግደስ ኤርትራዊ እዩ።
ንሕና ከም ህዝቢ ፣ ሰላም ረኺብና ፣ ዕላልና ብዛዕባ ዓይነት መነባቡሮና ጥራሕ ዝተቀየረሉ ግዜ ነይሩ ኢለ ፣ ኣይዝክርን።
ኣብ ነዊሕ መግዛእታዊ ታሪኽና ፣ ሰላም ሪእና ኣይንፈልጥን።
እቶም ናህና ዝበልናዮም ፣ ካብ መግዛእቲ ኸፊኦምና ዝብሉ’ዉን እሰምዕ።
ዉግእ ዘይምህላዉ ኡኹል ኣይኮነን ፣ ዝብሉ ኣሎዉ። Peace is more than absence of war.
እዚ ኣባሃህላ ሓቂ እዩ። ቅሳነት ዝኸልእ ኩነታት ፣ ቡዙሕ መልክዕ ክህልዎ ይኽእል እዩ።
ነባሪ ሰላም ፣ ብናይ ኩሎም ደቂ ሃገር ሰናይ ድልየት ጥራሕ እዩ ክቆዉም ዝኽእል። ዕርቂ ናይ ሰላም ወሳኒ ቅድሚ ኹነት እዩ።
አቲ ኩሉ ዝሓለፈ ፣ ብተሳቶፉና ፣ ዝወረደና ሓባራዊ በደል ይቅረ ብምባል ፣ ኣብ ሃገራዊ ዕርቂ ሰጊርና ፣ ንስቃይ ህዝብና መደምደምታ ንገብረሉ እዋን ሕጂ እዩ።
ንሰላም ቁሩባት እንተኾይና ፣ ሰላም ክሰፍን እዩ።
Who are members of the Tigray-Eritrean solidarity Forum? The executive committee would suffice. I am sure, they do not exist… . But if they do , am keenly interested on the Eritrean names
Secondly, this is purely Ethiopian issue but wouldn’t returning the 400+ trucks hijacked by TPLF terrorist group than requesting for air bridge to smuggle weapons to the terrorist group? If this is to benefit the poor people of that region, the scale of trucking food aid would trump any air bridge lift capacity simple math says.
Maybe next request by TPLF terrorist group sympathizers/paid agents is to ask EU/USA to fly their drones and provide air cover from the punishing attacks of ENDF.
Clearly your trash consumption is apparent here. Go get your head checked before posting some real comments. Your pedestrian comments are clearly a display of the size of your brain.
WOW, that is a brilliant idea Mike, sincere thanks. I will do just that and report back on the size of my brain. Also, glad to see you taking a break from your condescending & disrespectful commentaries aimed at brothers wedi hager and k.tewolde.